they didn't, he actually read the serenity prayer aloud. he read it to his own members. he said to all of his members, "lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change. that is not the prayer you say when you know what you're going to do next. it is not the prayer you say when you even have a plan. it is a prayer that you say when all of your other plans have, well, gone to hell. john boehner walked out of that conference with his members, and he released a statement that essentially said, i tried but i'm out. he wrote, "the senate must now act." senator schatz, that is where you and your chamber come in. now, at times in the last couple years this has actually worked. when the house can't come to an agreement with the president, the democratic leader in the senate, harry reid, and the republican leader mitch mcconnell have come together and they have saved the day. they did it again and again. it happened in 2010, when mitch mcconnell actually worked with joe biden to extend the bush tax cuts and they got a bunch of stimulus passed. it happened in 2011 when reid and mcconnell were key in resolving the debt ceiling fight. and people thought it could happen again this time.